Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco won the crown but it seems like critics still have an ax to grind about her win.
Ibasco took to her Instagram account to thank all her supporters but also to respond to the criticisms hurled against her. She wrote a lengthy message describing the surreal experience of winning the coveted crown.
Ibasco who graduated cum laude at the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in applied and medical physics, felt very much privileged. She wrote, “I am honored and privileged to be the very first scientist to join and win in the whole history of Miss Earth as I shared my voice and represented the whole scientific community for the world to see and hear.”
She also noted that her win was not only because of her attributes but because “it was by the Spirit of God that led me through.” This came after several netizens, including some of her fellow candidates, posted unflattering photos of her that spread like wildfire online. Several also criticized her special advantage as the delegate of the host country.
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Ibasco continued, “It’s never easy to win the crown in your own country because you have to make double even triple efforts to show to everyone that you’re fighting the battle at your best just like everybody else but what made my journey extra special was the overwhelming support I got from my fellow Filipinos.”
And like a true beauty queen, she ended her message by sharing her crown to the Filipinos and hoped that her win may be a beacon of hope for everyone to work “together as a global community with a collective action.”
It takes quite some time until it fully sinks in. Never in my wildest dreams have I ever thought I would represent the Philippines and win an international title in a prestigious pageant that upholds a relevant cause. I am honored and privileged to be the very first scientist to join and win in the whole history of Miss Earth as I shared my voice and represented the whole scientific community for the world to see and hear. I am confident enough to say that it was not by my own abilities that made me standout in performing during the coronation night in all segments especially in the question and answer portion, it was by the Spirit of God that led me through. Apart from Him I could not have done it. He was the One who gave me confidence and wisdom in presenting myself as a whole package in front of the whole world. It’s never easy to win the crown in your own country because you have to make double even triple efforts to show to everyone that you’re fighting the battle at your best just like everybody else but what made my journey extra special was the overwhelming support I got from my fellow Filipinos. If there’s one thing I am proud about my people despite of being known to be hospitable, it’s our camaraderie. We show to the whole world what bayanihan is all about when the spirit of communal unity and cooperation is displayed for all to see. No amount of words will change the fact that the battle has already been won. I don’t take this crown for myself, It is for the whole Philippines. This battle was not mine alone but ours. I am proud in raising our flag for the whole world to witness. I would like to thank EVERYONE for the love, prayers and support you have given me in my unforgettable journey here in Miss Earth. This once in a lifetime experience will truly be remembered and treasured forever. I am more than ready to continue the legacy of beauty and responsibility. May this be a beacon of hope for everyone to see that our micro efforts will have macro effect as we take this challenge together as a global community with a collective action. This is Karen Ibasco, your Miss Earth 2017!???? ALL GLORY TO GOD!